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Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Reviews: 1,081
Hads: 2,358
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 92
Gots: 259 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2001

An amber beer style that was developed to celebrate the original Oktoberfest over 200 years ago. This full bodied beer with its rich malt flavor, dark toffee note and underlying fruitiness has a masterful hop balance.
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Reviews by Boneheadmx:
Photo of Boneheadmx
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out to an excellent light reddish amber with a fluffy head that subsides slowly. I can see a lot of carbonation in the glass. The smell is of light caramel. The taste is rather malty, and nicely sweet although it finishes off with a great hops taste.

The mouthfeel is rather interesting due to the high carbonation. It is fairly creamy and yet the carbonation tingles the tongue. This is a very drinkable beer that I will certainly have again.

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Photo of akolb
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A lovely malty Oktoberfest, with a good amount of sweetness, a little caramel flavor, a nice head, and a smooth feel. I enjoyed American versions such as Sierra Nevada but you just can't beat this.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear amber in color with a thin white head that quickly faded away leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A moderate to high amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light aromas of bready and caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of spicy hops.
T: The overall taste is very balanced between some malty sweetness with notes of caramel in the initial taste followed by a subtle amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a medium level of carbonation.
D: Drinking this beer is a breeze; it goes down very smoothly, which makes it very sessionable.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

A: Pours a clear deep amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted, caramel, and bready malts with a slightly stronger aroma of spicy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of bready, caramel, and toasted malts (in descending order of strength) with minimal amounts of sweetness present. That is followed by moderate flavors of spicy hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable, definitely a nice example of the style and a beer that I could easily have over and over again - kind of reminds me of time spent at Oktoberfest in Munich in 2000.

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Photo of Buck89
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark amber color, slightly opaque, with a thin white head that left quickly. Muted nose with some crackery malt and mild grassiness. No hop notes. Taste followed with a muted light malty flavor, cracker, grassiness and a dry feel. Medium carbed and medium-bodied. I was surprised that I didn't like this more, but I prefer many others in this style.

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Photo of TopherBreski
2.51/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Wow. I was super disappointed the first two seconds of my pour because it looked like Coors light but some how it goes to a decent looking Marzen color at a snap - incredible; I've never seen that before!! Not very malty smell; pedestrian. Good flavor a but too light compared to a lot of other Marzens which is surprising that it comes from Munich.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keeping it real for you you guys. Drinking this as it is a Marzen. This brew looks pretty in a glass. No lies. Beautiful medium copper/amber body with a big soapy white head. The aroma is that of toasted cereal grains and a touch of caramel. Taste as expected, toasted grains with residual sugars that help accent the caramel notes. Finishes semi clean and a little dry with a grainy aftertaste with a hoppy snap to it. The body plays on the palate with its feather weight smoothness and it's par carbonation.

Overall: Maybe this style of beer is my favorite. It's traditional refreshing and not really anything bad about it. I could crush a sixer of this with no problems. It's not adventurous yet isn't infected either just a good wholesome brew to watch Football or any sport for that matter. This brew is worthy!

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always considered this a really good example of a "fest" beer and jump on it when its out.Pours a nice deep copper color with a pretty nice medium head,aroma is slightly malty and toasted but faint.The taste is on the sweeter side with some doughy flavors with a light hoppiness to keep it from getting to sweet.Real nice beer look for it if you like th style.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Light orange in color with a nice, frothing head that laced well.

Smell – Lovely aroma of pure toasted malt. This one is buttery and smells like a ringer for the style.

Taste – The toasted grain was a little rough but sweetened just right with sticky sugars. There’s usually not much dimension to the style, and this offering from Paulaner holds true.

Mouthfeel – Very creamy and sticky. This is almost medium-bodied and feels terrific in the mouth.

Drinkability – After drinking the Skagit River Oktoberfest (that almost made me barf) this was a pleasure. I would have liked to have seen a little more refinement in the grain but otherwise this was a hit.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It looks like apple juice and smells like bread/yeast. But what really matters is the taste. This is a very drinkable beer, so refreshing, and just darn good. I'm not a fan of bitter beers but this has a very light bitterness to it. Nothing unpleasant! I taste some bread, yeast, maybe some fruit like apple (it does look like apple juice). Hand me this beer and I will drink it!

Served in a wheat beer glass.

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Photo of ricke
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Yellow, completely clear, with a rather big white head. Good head retention and nice lacings.

S: Light malts, white bread and a fresh mild herbal hop note.

T: Rather sweet with malts and toast up front. Light but fresh grassy and herbal hop notes. The finish has some bitterness to it, a a quick hop flare and some malts. Clean and refreshing with decent flavors.

M: Moderate to light body, quite a lot of carbonation.

D: A decent beer.

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Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This a lovely deep amber to dark orange beer with an orange-tinged fluffy white head. The nose is caramel malt and faint spicy hops.

Taste is mostly caramel/ toffee maltiness with a splash of spicy hops to keep it light and a hugely bready character. Once gain, I had almost given up on european Marzens because they always wind up in my hands way old and sub-par. Bought a bottle of this at a store once and couldn't even finish it. This was a real treat on tap.

Mouthfeel was a bit thick for my liking and anfter one big wiesse glass of this, I was feeling kinda full. Maybe I'm just a lightweight.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ccapurso
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a beautifully clear amber color with a nice 1/2" of soapy white foam. Retention is light and lacing is minimal.

Moderate and lightly roasted malt waft up to the nose, a deeper inhale seems to really bring out the light earthy hops.

Balance is the first word that comes to mind as this hits the tongue. Caramel malts but not sweet; light bittering but not hoppy; modest carbonation but not to active in the mouth. The whole package comes together for a nice creamy satisfying experience. The finish is very quick with hints of malt, but almost instantly dissipates to a lightly bitter linger - then gone, clean.

Very easy to drink and highly enjoyable. This really does seem to bring a lot of the good things of this style to the table.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

Saturday September 22nd marks the first day of Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Americans will be celebrating this holiday till the end of October as most think Oktoberfest is a month-long event. This beer is brewed year-round so you can celebrate O-fest anytime you please. Whatever works, right?

Brightly glowing orange-amber color shows a perfect clarity. Three fingers of off-white froth slowly collapse to a thin lace. Malty aroma with bready tones on top with light layers of caramel and biscuit, faint alcohol vapor and herbal hop in the back of the nose. Very smooth mouthfeel with a fluffy moderate body and a semi-creamy palate. Lots of malt character right from the get-go, fresh toasted grain with a long maltiness that brings a bit of sweetness. Hops are casual and walk onto the palate with a well-balanced bitterness, along with herbal and floral flavors. Slight alcohol warmth in the semi-sweet finish.

Just the sheer balance and cleanliness of this lager is amazing. If we had to come up with a benchmark brand for every style, this would be our pick for O-fest beers.

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of bulldogg915
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of nickadams2
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Uptown Grille Commerce MI.

A_Bronze amber body with a thick white head that settle into a thin lacy ring. Spotty lacing.

S_Toasted malt,caramel and toffee notes. Spot on for the style.

T_Caramel malt upfront. Bready/bisquity in the body with a touch of spice and hops.

M_Very smooth and creamy.

D_Delicious easy drinking. Perfect example of the Okto style.

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Photo of joel_bou
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of grynder33
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a solid amber color, had a strong fragrant sweet malt aroma, strong carmelly malty taste that seemed to lose these features quickly.Seemed to me a perfect beer if you are a smoker, you get quick initial bursts of flavor, then you enjoy your smoke.

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Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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